One aspect of wedding planning that couples have fun with together is creating a playlist for the big day. That's because the music you choose is another way to show the world who you are as a couple.
In addition to the music your guests will dance to at your reception, you'll need to choose a processional song to play at the beginning of your wedding and a bridal party entrance song to kick off the wedding reception.
But the hardest song to pick is often the first dance song. After you walk down the aisle and say "I do," the first dance is another opportunity to show your love and devotion to each other in front of all your guests!
Don't want your first dance to be the song that a million other couples have danced to in the past? If you're looking for a brand new tune, here's our roundup of the 10 best wedding first dance songs!
1. Forest Blakk's "Fall Into ME"
Forest Blakk's "Fall Into Me" was released in 2022 and is one of our favorite love songs of the year. Blakk's vocals are not only incredible, but also melodic, so there's a good chance you'll be hearing this tune at weddings for years to come.
2. "ONE LIFE" by JAMES BAY
James Bay has written an incredible string of breakup songs, anthems and love songs, but the acoustic version of "One Life" is one of his best.
Lyrics like "Do you want to marry me?" and "If we're not together, it'll never be forever," this 2022 version is perfect for a wedding!
3. NIALL HORAN's "Black and White"
You don't have to be a fan of One Direction to love Niall Horan's "Black and White". This song was just released in 2020, so it's a relatively new choice that hasn't been played at every wedding you've been to.
With lyrics like "See you standing on your dress, vowing in front of all our friends that there will never be another, I promise I'll love you forever," this song is perfect for weddings.
4. Ed sheeran and Beyonce's "perfect"
Love Ed Sheeran but don't want to take the obvious choice of "Thinking Out Loud"? Add > "Perfect", Ed's duet with Beyonce, to your wedding playlist. This song has been popular for a few years now, but it's so good we had to include it in this list.
Like most Sheeran songs, these lyrics touch the heart. The line "When we fell in love, we were just kids" makes it ideal for couples who have been together since their late teens or early twenties.
Dance the dance floor to this duet and all your guests will know you've found the one, and you two will feel like the luckiest people in the world.
5. Ed sheeran and j balvin's "forever love"
In a mix of English and Spanish, "Forever My Love" may be one of the best songs of 2022.
The lyrics "en dondequiera que estés, ahí estaré, hoy y mañana, por siempre, mi amor", meaning "wherever you are, I will be there, today and tomorrow, forever, my love", make it a beautiful bilingual choice for any wedding.
6. CALUM SCOTT and LEONA LEWIS' "YOU ARE THE REASON"
If you and the one you love have had some ups and downs in your relationship, consider dancing your first dance to Calum Scott's "You Are the Reason. This duet with Leona Lewis begins with a perfect piano intro and then soars, just like every great male/female duet.
7. JOHN Legend's "Conversations in the Dark"
Duo Photo: Bella Dallas / Lindsey Mueller
Over the past decade, John Legend's "All of Me" has become one of the most popular No. 1 dance songs of all time.
But now it has some competition.
"Conversations in the Dark" is another John Legend ballad that will make you cry/explode your heart, accompanied by impeccable piano playing and resonant lyrics.
The words "I will never try to change you, I will always want the same you" are perfect for any newlywed couple planning a long, happy and healthy life together.
8. Taylor Swift's "Lovers
Tay-Tay's "Lover" is likely to be one of the most played number one dance wedding songs of all time.
With the lyrics "My heart is on loan, your heart is blue," this Taylor gem is fantastic wedding music!
9. "Speechless" by DAN + SHAY
For the diehard country music fan, it's hard not to pick a Tim McGraw or Lonestar ballad as your first dance song. But if you're looking for a more modern take on country music, Dan + Shay's "Speechless" is a great choice.
The lyrics "I can't speak, staring at you, standing there in that dress" will capture the moment perfectly!
10. ARIANA GRANDE and JUSTIN BIEBER's "STUCK WITH U"
Ariana Grande's "Stuck With U" is a fun and unexpected first dance song, and it's a great excuse to enjoy some smooth and breathy Bieber falsetto!
The lyrics "All this loving you, hating you, wanting you" sum up how we feel at a certain moment in a relationship with a significant other.
How to Choose a First Dance Wedding Song?
When choosing a first dance song, there is only one rule.
Choose a song that you both love!
Don't worry about being unoriginal or choosing a song that has been played at other weddings. The reason other couples choose the same songs over and over is because they have great tunes!
If you don't want to choose a song that's only been popular for a few years, check out this list of bonus songs for more options. Here are 25 more of the most popular wedding songs of all time, some slow, some upbeat, some from years ago, some from decades ago.
- The Beatles' "In My Life"
- The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody"
- Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour"
- Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight"
- Etta James' "At Last"
- Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love"
- Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years"
- Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"
- Jack Johnson's "Better Together"
- Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"
- Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic"
- Ben Folds' "The Luckiest"
- Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"
- Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are"
- Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You"
- Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
- Shania Twain's "You're Still the Same Person"
- The Temptations' "My Girl"
- Diana Ross' "The Mountain Is Not High Enough"
- Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" with Jay Z
- Adele's "Make You Feel My Love"
- Michael Buble's "Close Your Eyes"
- Elton John's "Your Song" (or Ellie Goulding's cover)
- Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You"
- Bruno Mars' "Rest of My Life"
Whatever you choose, choose songs that you like and songs with lyrics that mean something to you.
There are many options for the modern couple who wants to choose a brand new song.
So, open your Spotify or Apple Music app and listen to these love songs. Even if none of them make it to your first dance song, they're still great songs you can play throughout your wedding reception!